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Papers of John Augustus Bonney, and Bonney family papers

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-307

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a bundle of manuscript notes and drafts forming Bonney's history of the Tower of London, as well as miscellaneous notes on the Tower, diary kept while Bonney was in the Tower, a list of papers seized by the King's messenger at J. A. Bonney's in Percy Street on 15 May 1794, correspondence including letters 1807-1808 to Spencer Perceval the Chancellor of the Exchequer with suggestions for the regulation of taxes, documents, wills, and family portraits. There are also other miscellaneous family items such as an election account book for 1802, a diary of Francis Augustus Burdett Bonney 1827-1836, and correspondence and documents.
Also included at SC-Acc-2021-0021 is the sixth and final part of John August Bonney’s manuscript history of the tower of London, dated ca 1794 (begun when Bonney was himself imprisoned in the Tower). It consists of notes on prisoners held in the Tower during the Civil Wars of the 1640s, followed by an index of prisoners held in the Tower. There is also a note on the life of John Bonney, sent as a letter, dated 29 November 1825.


  • 18th century

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

In 1794, the solicitor and author John Augustus Bonney was held as a political prisoner in the Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London, while awaiting trial. Papers of his had been seized from his business in Percy (Percey) Street, St. Pancras on 15 May 1794. Bonney, described as a 'money scrivener', was subsequently noted as bankrupt in theLondon Gazette, 22 November 1800. John Augustus Bonney died in 1813.


2 boxes

1 folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material purchased 1964, Accession no. E64.19.
Manuscript history of the Tower of London by Bonney purchased in January 2021, Accession no. SC-Acc-2021-0021.

Related Materials

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: poems, 1777-1794, British Library, Manuscript Collections, Ref. Add MS 46870 ff8-49.
Papers of John Augustus Bonney (d 1813), and Bonney family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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